Nathaniel Martin ROBINSON

Regimental number12/626
Date of birth10 September 1893
Place of birthDargaville
AddressHokianga Road, Dargaville
Marital statusSingle
Height5' 5.75"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMrs R V Robinson, Hokianga Road, Dargaville
Previous military serviceServed with 'B' Company, 15th North Auckland Regiment, Territorial Force.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentDargaville
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rank2nd Lieutenant
Final unitAuckland Infantry Regiment
FateCommenced return to New Zealand 17 March 1919

Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty. During operations east of St Julien on the 4th October 1917 when in charge of a Light Trench Mortar (Stokes) he did excellent work against enemy machine guns, silencing them on several occasions and materially assisting the infantry in the capture of strong points, "pillboxes" and in obtaining their objectives. His bravery was outstanding and his work was carried out under heavy shell and machine-gun fire.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 17 December 1917

Discharge date2 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Appointed Acting Corporal, Anzac, 11 May 1915; relinquished rank of Acting Corporal, 15 July 1915.

Transferred to NZ Engineers, 16 July 1915.

Transferred to Auckland Battalion, 4 August 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Guildford Castle', Dardanelles, 13 August 1915 (neurasthenia); transferred to SS 'Andania', Dardanelles, 15 August 1915, to St George's Hospital, Malta, 21 August 1915; to No.5 Northern General Hospital, Leicester, 24 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 2 January 1916; rejoined unit, Ismailia, 3 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria with unit to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 6 April 1916.

Detached to 1st NZ Light Trench Mortar Battery, 11 May 1916.

Appointed Corporal, 29 September 1916.

Permanently attached to 1st NZ Light Trench Mortar Battery, 13 July 1917.

Awarded Military Medal, 15 October 1917.

Detached to II ANZAC Detention Compound as a guard, 7 December 1917; rejoined unit, 4 January 1918.

Detached to Brigade School, 5 January 1918.

Appointed Sergeant, 22 January 1918.

Rejoined unit, 2 February 1918.

Proceeded to United Kingdom, 27 April 1918; taken on strength of Headquarters, London, 3 May 1918; marched into No. 2 Officer Cadet Bn, Pembroke College, Cambridge, 10 May 1918.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 7 October 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 October 1918; marched into New Zealand Infantry and General Base Depot, Etaples, 17 October 1918.

Rejoined 1st NZ Light Trench Mortar Battery, 23 October 1918.

Proceeded to United Kingdom, 11 February 1919; marched into 'A' Group, Sling Camp, 17 February 1919.

Marched into Auckland Provincial Detachment, 18 February 1919.

Commenced return to New Zealand from Plymouth, on board HT 'Remuera', 17 March 1919; disembarked New Zealand, 5 May 1919.

Appointment terminated (discharged), 2 June 1919.

Total war service: 4 years 289 days (of which 4 years 203 days were abroad).

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Also served 4th Bn, North Auckland Regiment, 1941-1943.
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body
Date of death19 September 1966 Dargaville
Age at death73 years
SourcesArchives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 24062994

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